Come in close, a little closer…too close. I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret; chances are you really don’t need to clean your super automatic grinder as often as you think. If you’re not a big flavored or oily bean user, you’ll probably never experience a dirty-grinder related problem. However, if your coffee flow isn’t what it used to be or the machine is telling you to fill a bean hopper that’s already full, a good cleaning is in order.
Don’t worry; just follow the few simple steps listed below and you’ll have a squeaky clean grinder in no time.
- Remove the bean hopper cover and take a vacuum to those beans!
- You should see three screws holding the hopper in place, a Phillips head screwdriver will take them off without problem. Make sure you put the screws in a safe place; you don’t want to be scrambling to find them later on!
- Detach the rubber gasket from the top of the grinder. You’ll notice a lot of parts at this point, but, don’t worry; you’ll only be dealing with two pieces. The inner ring is the first piece of the equation; it’s the rubber gasket that sits on four visible tabs. The other part you should look for is the outer ring, which has teeth on it and covers half of the grinder’s circumference. .
- Rotate the outer ring 180 degrees counterclockwise and you’ll be able to lift it right out. (Hint: the red mark on the outer ring should be in the 9 o’clock position when you’re removing the part.)
- Take up your trusty vacuum, again, and suck up any left-over coffee grounds.
- Hopefully, you have a pipe cleaner handy at this point. Use the pipe cleaner to clear the pathway to the front of the machine. That’s it! You’re done; the rest is just putting everything back into place.
- Put the rubber gasket back, making sure to line it up with the four tabs on the inner ring. At this point, you should rotate the outer ring, so that the red and blue marks line up with their respective colors on the inner ring.
- Make sure the dosage control, located to the right of the grinder, is all the way back. Then, put your bean hopper cover back in place and reset the grind knob to “0” and the dosage knob to “+”.
- Reattach the bean hopper cover with the three screws you removed earlier and you’re back in business!
See, it wasn’t that hard, was it?